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Reasons to Stop Smoking That Are not About Your Health

If you have been smoking for some time, you will have seen all the health warnings on cigarette packets, watched all the advertisements on TV, and have had no end of lectures from your doctor. You know that smoking is damaging your health. Some smokers, though, have had a health warning overload and have become blasé about the risks. Here then are ten good reasons to quit smoking that have nothing to do with your health, but that you will notice almost as soon as you stop smoking.

You will save more money than you thought

The price of a packet of cigarettes in the UK is now fast approaching £10. If you smoke twenty a day, that adds up to a whopping £3,650 saving every year. Add to that the cost of lighters and the cost of replacing clothes and furniture that you have burnt holes in, and you will have a lot of additional money at your disposal.

You will smell better

Just because you don’t notice the smell of smoke that is constantly with you, other people do. Within days of your giving up smoking, you will notice just how bad other smokers smell. It’s not just your breath, the odour of smoke lingers on in your hair and clothes too.

You can stop standing outside in the cold

Ever since the ban on smoking in enclosed public places was introduced, smokers have been banished out into the wind and the rain when they want a cigarette. Things are going to worse too, because there is now talk of banning smoking in open public places, like parts and pub beer gardens. Stop smoking, and you will never again have to make your excuses and step outside for ten minutes.

You will be able to enjoy food again

Over time, smoking numbs your taste buds and that is why you probably add lots of pepper and salt to all your meals. Within a few days of stopping smoking, you will start to notice that you can pick out some of the more subtle flavours of food and really start to enjoy your meals again.

You will have more energy

You will also find that you are a lot more alert and awake during the day. More oxygen will be getting your brain and that will give you a lot more energy. Give it some time, and you won’t feel so out of breath when you walk up a flight of stairs as well.

You won’t waste so much time

When you stop taking all those smoke breaks, you will be a lot more productive too. You will also be able to sit back and enjoy things better, because you won’t have to keep getting up to go for a cigarette. When you go to a theatre, you will be able to enjoy a drink with everyone else in the interval and not have to stand outside in the rain.

Your car and your home will be cleaner

If you smoke in your home or your car, then you will know how much of a mess it can make. You get ash in the carpets, the windows get grimy and paintwork turns yellow. Even if you go out to the garden at home to smoke, you still have to pick up all the butts at some stage.

Your family will stop worrying about you

If you have children they, no doubt, worry about the effects that smoking has on you. They will have seen all the lectures at school about smoking and that will be playing on their minds. Even if you don’t worry about the health risks, your family probably does.

Your sense of smell will return

You will also notice that you can smell things again. That will include the fresh air, and the smell of the grass, and of food cooking. You will actually be quite surprised at just how numbed both your sense of taste and your sense of smell have become over the years that you have been smoking.

You will feel a great sense of achievement

Quitting the habit will make you feel great about yourself too. The next time one of your family or friends is about to launch into a non-smoking lecture, you will be able to smugly tell them; actually I quit, and that will feel so good.

Things To Do Before You Attempt To Quit Smoking

In our attempts to raise awareness about lung diseases, we present this article on what goes wrong in the hundreds of unsuccessful cases where people have attempted to, but could not quit smoking. Quitting smoking or as a matter of fact, overcoming any form of addiction is a necessary step in ensuring that your lungs stay healthy and perform optimally. But we all know this – and so do the smokers. Why is it that this knowledge and the warnings, issued on the packets themselves, fail to deter the smokers? The simple and plain reason is that quitting smoking would most probably be the most difficult thing that the addict has done.

Before you lose hope on your aspirations of ridding yourself of the habit of smoking, know that it is difficult but not impossible. The reason, this scary image of being a difficult thing to do was portrayed right at the beginning, is that not realizing this, is the biggest mistake made by smokers while beginning the journey to a smoke free life. They are not mentally prepared for the tough weeks ahead of them while they simply go cold turkey. Then when the withdrawal symptoms hit (and mind it they will hit hard), they start smoking again. This write-up looks at some of the vital things to do before you start on the highly difficult task of giving up smoking.

Prepare Mentally

Keep telling yourself that it will be a very difficult task to completely quit smoking. Tell yourself everyday and when the pangs start, that you knew this would happen and you will overcome it. Use all your stubbornness and grit to fight the urges to smoke. It will be a good 3-4 weeks before the urges die down.

Mark the Dangerous Territories

Make a list of all the places and times when you smoke. It may be your favorite tea-stall or right after your lunch. Memorize them so that you know when to stay the strongest while fighting your urges.

Form a Reliable Support Circle

Another important reason for people going back to smoke is the highly irritable nature which they develop during the withdrawal symptoms. They become highly unsociable and often break in order to avoid being tagged unsocial. Select a support circle of your friends who are the most patient. Tell them of your intent and ask them for help. Let them know of the bouts of desperation which you will be facing in the coming weeks. Talk to them whenever you feel irritated and grumpy due to the withdrawal.

Consult a Lung Specialist

It is very important that you are under strict medical guidance of a lung specialist during this period. This is important because the withdrawal period may cause severe physical and emotional trauma and the lung specialist will be able to help you tackle that.

Try doing the above before you embark on your attempt to quit smoking. A strong determination, good support system which should include the medical guidance of a lung specialist, will help you immensely in winning the fight. Know that it will not be easy and prepare yourself accordingly. Talk to a lung specialist today. Take up a hobby which you can pursue during the period. Drinking lots of water, deep breathing exercises, regular exercises will also keep you calmer. Tell yourself that it is not an attempt. It is a battle and you will come out victorious no matter what.

Creating A New Life Management System

We all like to think that we are in charge of or lives, but I’m here to tell you that as a smoker you have given over a very important aspect of your life management to cigarettes.

You may disagree but what is in control of your stress management or relaxation. What is your first port of call in a time of stress or crisis? You know that its cigarettes. You have found something outside of you to handle your internal world.

Unfortunately there are two problems here.

1. Cigarettes to not manage stress, but they do make it worse. It is simple bio-chemistry; just add nicotine to a human, after a brief feeling of wellbeing the body produces adrenalin and the stress hormone cortisol.

Given that humans all have the same endocrine systems then every smoker feels more stressed by smoking.

2. Your chosen method for stress management will possibly kill you and highly likely to make you very ill.

So by now you are becoming aware that you need a new life management system. Firstly you need to decide that your current way is no good for your life.

Next you need to use hypnosis to help you quit smoking and dump this destructive habit for good.

Then you need a better way to relax and to release stress. What you choose will depend on your personality. An active person may choose to exercise daily or at least having a relaxing walk.

Some may choose to read or to spend a little time in nature. But the research shows that some form of meditation works the best.

Before you run a mile you don’t need to be fancy and you don’t need to spend hours doing it. It’s a s simple as sitting in a quiet space and just notice your breath for 10 minutes, start with 5 minutes if it’s too much.

Please note. Only do this if you want less stress in your life, if you want to feel happier and to have a stronger immune system. Don’t do it if you prefer to feel stressed and tired and grumpy.

Research shows that only 10 minutes per day will change the way your brain functions in just two weeks.

I wonder what effect the 200 chemicals from smoking that crossed into your brain every time you smoked have had. The good news is that you can unwind this effect, but your first step is to stop smoking.

How To Give Yourself The Perfect Detox

Occasionally I see clients who are very healthy in all respects other than smoking. It’s the last thing they need to change. Many of them liked to do an occasional detox, but the futility of the process often escapes them.

Even if you have not the slightest interest in healthy practices you can give yourself the best detox in the world by quitting smoking. A traditional detox done properly takes on average six weeks. Within six of quitting your body will undergo an important detox process.

The term detox is often thrown around but many haven’t a clue as to what it actually does. I despair seeing the latest trend in three day or seven day detoxes most of which are just some crazy story in a magazine or a promotion by a health food shop.

Don’t worry you don’t have to get technical quitting will automatically start the process, but there are a few things you can do to facilitate the process. If you have been smoking for years it’s not just your lungs that are congested.

Every cell in your body has been affected by cigarettes. Your liver and kidneys, the major organs of waste processing, in particular have borne the brunt of years of toxic exposure.

To support a faster return to better health you can help the process along. Drink extra water, a lot more if you don’t currently drink much. Six glasses for a couple of weeks will help. This helps your kidneys and ensures your cells are properly hydrated.

That 1000 mg of vitamin C per day and two cups of green tea will help the first phase of liver detoxification.

Two boiled eggs a day provide enough liver active compounds like choline and inositol to drive detoxification.

You can add turmeric to your cooking which also supports liver and digestion.

When you quit it’s always a good idea to go easy on alcohol for a few days especially if you smoke more heavily when you drink. Easing on alcohol is like giving your liver a holiday.

In a usual detox I recommend that clients ease up on the coffee and fatty foods, this is still the best advice but in the case of quitting smoking I don’t like to take away any more pleasures from my client.

Some just naturally ease up on coffee, but it’s not critical. The benefits to you are vast, every cell, every organ and every inch of skin will start to give up its toxic load leaving you much healthier in just a few weeks.

Of course hypnosis makes the quitting process as easy as possible, freeing you from this toxic habit.

Time To Dump The Garbage Stop Cigarettes

Imagine you didn’t take out the garbage in your home; your kitchen would be a mess in a week.

And what if the garbage services didn’t remove the rubbish from your city, it would be stinking chaos.

Your body is like a city where only some of the rubbish is only collected, with lots left behind outside your home on the footpath.

Try as you might your body can’t clean itself of all the garbage delivered when you smoke. I’m sure you don’t like to think of it like that, but that’s the reality. Perhaps you start to view smoking as just garbage in with some garbage out it may move you to making a decision quicker about quitting.

You could also argue that unlike the streets you can’t see the garbage. That’s not strictly true either. Few people just smoke in private, so someone knows. Your skin is a good mirror of your internal environment.

Smoking dramatically ages the skin and leaves tell-tale signs especially around the mouth and eyes, plus the general aged appearance.

You can feel the garbage when you cough in the mornings or when your colds last longer than they should.

Or when you climb the stairs and feel your lungs working harder than they should for your age, and of course when your lungs struggle your heart is in the same boat.

The garbage floats around your arteries visiting every corner of your body on its journey, leaving a little behind. Like some yob driving around throwing their takeaway leftovers out of the window of their car.

In the legs it causes vascular problems leading to amputation, in the lungs its cancer, but don’t forget about your brain.

Some 200 of the 4,000 toxic chemicals in cigarettes can enter your brain. And in a state of delusion you imagine that smoking helps you to think better!

Maybe this is just one of the many delusions you believe as a smoker.

You don’t like to think about having a brain full of garbage but that’s what is your reality. Every cell affected by smoking. Imagine your brain looking like the stains on a serious smokers fingers.

But there is another type of garbage, it’s all the beliefs and triggers, all the reasons you smoke and think it is hard to quit.

Hypnosis is the quickest way to get rid of the thinking garbage and free you from smoking. Once you have quit your body can then tackle the task of cleaning the rest out.

Hypnotherapy Helps You

Hypnotherapy Helps YouTo quit smoking successfully, you must be able to see your future self being free from smoking rather than looking backwards and feeling somehow deprived. Your ability to stop smoking is inside you but your desire to stop smoking must be stronger than the need to continue smoking.

Consciously deciding to stop smoking does not work. Your conscious mind does not make any decision, it is a security guard for your subconscious. The real power, the controller of your actions lies behind the security guard in the subconscious mind. This is how our habits and body language tell the real story of how we feel, not our words. Our words are coming from the conscious mind.

Your subconscious mind helped you to learn how to smoke in the first place and it is reasonable to assume that only your subconscious habit can make the change for you to quit smoking. When you learned how to smoke – remember no-one took to smoking immediately but it was important to learn either to fit in with your friends or to rebel. Unfortunately, as you have matured (hopefully!), the smoker part remains the same and will not change unless you can give it good reason to. This is why no-one can make you stop smoking, you cannot be forced and sometimes if you feel badgered into stopping smoking, your internal rebel will sabotage your efforts as it is really in charge of you.

This is the same process in deciding “I’m not going to smoke today” – straight away you feel the need, the desire to smoke a cigarette, you put yourself near smokers to smell the cigarettes. Why? Two things are happening – “not” is cancelled out by your mind as your mind does not recognise a negative in self talk and you feel deprived as your focus is on what you feel you are missing out on! You are being controlled by your smoker self.

Let’s face it, you are no longer a child, if you want to stop smoking you can and hypnosis gives you the extra edge. Hypnosis is a relaxation in itself and allows your entire system to settle down and be calm so that you are able to deal with situations in your life more effectively. Why is this important? Because this special relaxation is the key to access your subconscious mind. You may think of smoking as being like a friend but it is bad company, sending you down a road of ill health, it is an enemy in disguise.

Picture this: your child (if you are parent) hangs around with a smelly friend. This friend acts as though it is all your child needs, it creates isolation. Your child no longer has to take responsibility. In fact your child continuously to give money and attention to this “friend”. If you take your child out socially, their focus is on how their “friend” is going to fit in.

What do you want to do? You want to stop this “friend” controlling your child.

This is the relationship you have with cigarettes. Your life revolves on where and how you can smoke, it gives you a chance to rebel but who are affecting – only you.

Smoking gives you nothing but smelly breath, smelly clothes, makes you car smell. Even you do not smoke in your home, you know where the cigarettes ashes and butts are. You leave your mark. You know it is socially becoming more and more unacceptable to smoke and no matter how nicely presented you are, you are demonstrating that you really don’t think much of yourself or others by continuing to smoke. There is no such thing as a conscientious smoker.

In the background of a smoker, there is usually a stress management that needs to be addressed, confidence building and some self improvement tools should be offered by your hypnotherapist to help you. There is nothing sophisticated, debonair or cool about smoking. If you want to stop smoking but don’t feel you have the inner resources to be successful, then hypnotherapy can offer that boost.

When the smoke finally clears from your eyes (figuratively and literally), you will see cigarettes for what they really were – a pacifier, controlling you. Isn’t it time you took control of what goes on inside you!

The Psychology Of Persuasion Stopping Cigarettes

There is a new field in marketing called persuasion psychology, the skill to get you to buy what they want you to buy. This same psychology is what got you to start smoking and can be used to help you quit cigarettes for life.

If you think back to when you started smoking there were specific influences. Family and friends typically. You wanted to fit in to be a part of a group and be accepted.

Perhaps you bought the story that smoking made you look older, or cool or more sophisticated. This was the aim of the big smoking companies, each had their own image.

The rugged cowboy on a horse, the classy woman or man beautifully dressed often in luxurious surroundings. Our crashing through the jungle in a four-wheel drive only stopping to light up a smoke.

Cigarette companies aligned with sports advertising, selling you a subtle message that smoking and sports were compatible.

Hollywood showed us how cool it is to smoke, how it seemed that smelling like an ashtray was somehow sexy and desirable.

Others bought the message that smoking was a rebellious thing to do. Their parents warned them about the dangers and yet they rebel by smoking, putting out of their minds the health problems and many believe that either they will quit easily when they are ready or that they won’t get cancer.

Millions of people were persuaded to smoke by one form of psychology or another, either intentionally in the case of cigarette companies or by osmosis through friends and family.

The good news is that persuasion methods can be used for both good and evil. You can quickly be subtly persuaded to stop cigarettes. The most successful of these methods is hypnosis.

The best part is that this process happens quickly because in the hypnotic state learning is achieved at an accelerated rate. This happens because we bi-pass the all the resistance and doubt of the conscious mind.

We don’t have to struggle against the conscious minds memories of all the stories of people who found quitting smoking difficult. In hypnosis these stories are of no interest, the unconscious mind just relaxes, and takes on the new information and let’s go of the old.

It’s a bit like working with a computer, garbage in garbage out but good data in, then good data out, it’s almost as simple as that, all that is required in addition is that you want the result.

Your First Three Weeks As A Non Smoker

The first three weeks of making an important change in your life is the most critical time. Your experience will determine in those critical days will determine your outcome.

Most people when they quit smoking struggle and suffer, during those first three weeks and this often results in failure. The flow on effect is a strengthened belief that quitting is difficult, and painful, so that when you make another attempt you are unconsciously set up to fail. And unfortunately fail is what most people will do.

This is why so many government quit ads encourage people to keep on trying, all the while causing further frustration.

This three week period is the time when your unconscious mind fights back. It thinks it is protecting you from this scary change which is occurring. You have a long history of smoking thoughts and feelings locked away.

Memories of thousands of cigarettes connected to fun times, family events, happy times and sad times all shared with a stick of tobacco lodged firmly between your lips. All locked away in your unconscious mind, keeping alive the belief that smoking feels good, even if it doesn’t.

At least that’s how it was before society forced you outside in the cold and the rain, or down lane ways in cities, shunned by polite society, and endlessly nagged by the health police.

The reason hypnosis is so successful is that, because it separates you from the triggers and habit side, it makes the initial transition period so much easier. But also because there is a built in follow up system which makes the whole process work so much smoother.

Hypnosis is a multi-step process. During your consultation suggestions and recommendations will be made for you to act on in the next few weeks.

An example is creating new positive habits which will enhance your wellbeing, keep you focussed on being a healthy person and away from cigarettes.

Or spending some time daily consciously relaxing without a phone, television or a computer and allowing yourself some time to do nothing more than let the surface of your mind just stop for a while.

Exercise and a good diet of course will all support your quitting. But don’t forget to treat yourself. After all you have a lot more cash in your pocket. You have just given yourself a huge pay rise, so enjoy and celebrate your new life as a non smoker.

Becoming Aware Of The Effects

If you wake up each morning with a cough that vibrates through your house you are aware of the effects of smoking.

If you puff hard walking up some stairs you are aware how smoking is reducing your fitness.

If having a smoke takes precedence over time with your children then you’re aware of the emotional cost of smoking.

If you know someone who has had lung cancer or emphysema then you’re aware of the serious consequences.

If you smoke a pack a day, then you’re aware that it’s costing you $5000 a year.

If you’re standing outside a restaurant or café or social function you’re aware of what smoking is costing you socially.

If you’re smoking in a dirty alley at lunch time in the city because of the new rules you’re aware that life isn’t quite working out the way you planes.

If you’re the guy wandering through the herb garden at South Bank in Brisbane and can’t smell all the fragrances you’re aware of the many things you’re missing out on.

If you would like a new relationship but fear that smelling like an ashtray may be an impediment, then you are probably right.

If you think that no one knows you smoke wake up and smell the roses, a non-smoker can always tell.

If you think that you will be spared from serious smoking related illness then it may be time to be aware that you don’t have super powers.

But what about all the things that are happening inside you every time you smoke. Have you ever thought about why you cough or get short of breath. Or what happens to that smoke after you suck it into your lungs, as it enters your heart before it gets pumped through your arteries and back to the heart, leaving traces all along the way.

Few people think about these things. I have clients breathe out smoke into a tissue, which leaves a dirty yellow stain and causes them to think about their insides. It’s not pleasant.

If you are ready to quit then perhaps you could become aware of hypnosis which is the most successful quitting method by a long shot.

After quitting you will quickly become aware of being able to breathe easier.

Actually tasting food for a change. Smelling the herb garden, having lunch in the sunshine not an alley, waking up breathing fresh air, knowing your clothes and hair smell clean and not wondering if a customer or client or dinner date can smell the stale cigarettes on you.

You can smell the coffee again with hypnosis he fastest way to quit smoking.

You Are Not Your Smoking Habit

A client once said to me that he couldn’t remember an important time in his life when he didn’t have a cigarette with him.

It’s common for people to say that their smoke is their friend, many believe that they are too addicted to quit or that they can’t manage their stressful lives but no matter how addicted you think you are, you are much more than your smoking habit, and you deserve much more out of life.

Imagine for a moment back when you were a child. You had hopes and dreams for your future, but then you see a picture of someone whose life seems to be dictated by a routine of topping up with nicotine.

Your fingers are stained, your lungs feel heavy and every morning that cough seems to last longer. You see you have spent a fortune on cigarettes and all you got in return was having to stand outside at restaurants and family functions.

Of course you realise that you are not your smoking habit, but unfortunately society sees you as the person who is quickly becoming the social outcast, people treat you differently, especially when they can smell tobacco on you.

Judgements are made about you, perhaps unfairly, but you are up against an increasingly negative bias against smokers. You then get the bad news from the doctor, a strange feeling in your chest which you tried to ignore turned out to be the very thing that you felt sure would never affect you.

I’m sure this isn’t how you expected your life to pan out, the good news is that you can consign most of this to the past and move on. Plus hopefully you can head off any of the serious consequences, and you will absolutely have a lot more cash freed up for the important things in life.

Quitting can appear to be too hard for many people who have smoked for a long time and had a strong relationship with cigarettes, even if it’s not the kind of relationship you would tolerate with another person.

One where your so called friend steals from your wallet daily, keeps you away from others and eventually takes your health as well. Hypnosis is the most successful way to quit, add to that specific conscious strategies and you have a powerful combination to free you from that habit which turned into a potential nightmare.

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